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Flu season in Canada: how to protect yourself
Flu season in Canada: how to protect yourself
If you have the flu, you know the phrase “just the flu” doesn’t accurately describe it. While it’s technically an upper respiratory virus, having the flu feels more like all-body misery. But while the virus is hard to avoid, being…

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Food poisoning in summer: how to prevent it
Food poisoning in summer: how to prevent it
If you’re like most Canadians, you take every opportunity to get outside once the warm weather arrives. This often means outdoor get-togethers, most of them over a meal. But, all those BBQs, camping trips, and picnics can be a golden…

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Ear infection or swimmer’s ear — what’s the difference?
Ear infection or swimmer’s ear — what’s the difference?
Swimmer’s ear may seem like a made-up name for an ear infection, but it’s not. Not only is swimmer’s ear distinct from an ear infection, but the two conditions also have disparate causes and symptoms, and require different treatments. Being…

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What is summer asthma and how do I manage it?
What is summer asthma and how do I manage it?
Asthma doesn’t always stay stable — it’s highly sensitive to what’s going on around you. If you have it, you probably find that everything from air quality to the season can affect your symptoms. The weather especially can have an…

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Heat exhaustion vs. heatstroke: signs and differences
Heat exhaustion vs. heatstroke: signs and differences
The dog days of summer might be waning, but that doesn’t mean the heat is. Summer lasts well into September, and temperatures often stay high right until its end. While this balmy weather feels like a treat after those long…

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How organ and tissue donation saves lives
How organ and tissue donation saves lives
Organ donation saves lives, but many Canadians haven’t registered as a donor. Even though 4,300 people are on the organ transplant waiting list in Canada, only about 21 out of one million become organ…

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10 self-care tips for your overall wellness
10 self-care tips for your overall wellness
You know you should be doing more of it, but making time for self-care isn’t always easy. Luckily, small daily actions that are easy to maintain often do the most good. This leaves a lot of room for options, but…

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10 tips to stay healthy all summer long
10 tips to stay healthy all summer long
Summers across this country are delightful. You spend so long cooped up in winter that getting outside to soak up the sunshine and warm weather is a treat. It’s not hard to figure out how to take care of yourself…

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How can men improve their health?
How can men improve their health?
Canadian men live four years less than Canadian women on average. They’re also more likely to spend their final years in ill health. Despite this, men are more likely to visit the doctor…

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What are seasonal allergies and how do I manage them?
What are seasonal allergies and how do I manage them?
It’s officially spring. The days are getting longer, the grass is getting greener, and the trees are starting to bud. If you’re among the one in five Canadians who experience seasonal allergies, however, chances are that watery eyes, a…

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